Harvest of violence: the neglect of basic rights and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

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Yusuf, Hakeem O. 2013. Harvest of violence: the neglect of basic rights and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Critical Studies on Terrorism. https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2013.835528
AuthorsYusuf, Hakeem O.
Abstract

Drawing on the core commitments of Critical Terrorism Studies, and mostly, the ethic of emancipation, this article focuses on the Boko Haram insurgency to investigate recurring violent conflict in Nigeria. It identifies a governance gap not adverted to in the official narrative which has led to gross discontent at the lower levels of the society. The governance gap has created fertile breeding grounds for the recruitment of disillusioned youths who are easily mobilised to violence and lately, insurgency. There are normative and pragmatic reasons to adopt and prioritise social welfare through the implementation of economic, social and cultural obligations and due-process rights as a viable approach to at least reducing the spate of violence in the country. The discussion has relevance for resolving situations of violence and conflict in sub-Sahara Africa in particular and elsewhere in the developing world.

KeywordsBoko Haram, Nigeria, economic and social rights, due process, impunity
Year2013
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1753-9153
1753-9161
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2013.835528
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623847
hdl:10545/623847
Publication dates26 Sep 2013
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Deposited12 Jun 2019, 13:23
Accepted07 Aug 2013
ContributorsUniversity of Strathclyde
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